be available, there are long hours, and you can’t go on holiday at peak times, because that is when your clients want things done.”
To become a maxillo-facial and oral surgeon, you need to complete a degree in dentistry. After that, you must do your postgraduate degree in Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgery. “Nowadays, the competition is very tight,” says Dr Fischer.
Any personality type will suit this career, and the skills you will need can be obtained on the job, while doing operations. You will have to be able to work well with your hands, sculpt, think laterally and have problem-solving skills.
On an average day, Dr Fischer will have a list of patients for the day. “Throughout the day, I will see patients and have dentists calling regarding other patients that need our help.” For trauma cases, you could be called out at weekends.
“The best thing about the job is the people you deal with, seeing them afterwards and how they have improved, and building friendships with them. The worst thing about the job is the patients who are mutilated, and patients that can’t be helped, even if you are the best.”
Dr Fischer’s advice to the youth of today is, “Try and go on your own. You have to have the ability to work and look after your own situation. You must be prepared to go that extra mile for yourself. If you have talent and will, you will make it. You must be diligent and willing to work hard.”
Published By: Marli Merz & Matters